Coaching/Front Office Career
In 2016, completed his first season as Boston's First Base Coach after being named to the position on 10/26/15... Was his first year coaching in baseball at any level. Will once again serve as Boston's outfield instructor and assist with base running instruction...Sox outfielders in 2016 combined for 9 double plays (T-1st in MLB), 35 assists (T-4th in MLB), and a .993 fielding % (1st in MLB)...The Sox featured 2 OF with 13 assists each for the first time since 1978...Mookie Betts earned a Gold Glove Award in RF after having made only 23 starts at the position in his professional career prior to 2016. Boston ranked 3rd in the majors with a 77.6% stolen base success rate in 2016 (83-for-107). Served as Senior Vice President & General Manager of the Philadelphia Phillies for parts of 7 seasons from November 2008-September 2015...Was the 9th GM in Phillies history. During his tenure as GM, his clubs won 3 consecutive NL East titles (2009-11) and were NL champions in 2009. In his first 4 years as GM, the Phillies posted a 373-275 (.576) record, the best in the NL...Overall, the Phillies were 573-539 (.515) during his tenure, the 4th-highest winning percentage in the NL in that span. His clubs posted the best record in baseball in both the 2010 (97-65) and 2011 (102-60) seasons...Prior to the 2010 campaign, the Phillies had never posted the best record in baseball over a single season. Following his final season as a player in 1998, joined the Phillies' front office as Assistant General Manager for 10 years...Worked alongside general managers Ed Wade (1999-2005) and Hall of Famer Pat Gillick (2006-08) as the club ended a 14-year playoff drought in 2007 and won the 2008 World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Played 8 seasons in the majors as an outfielder for the California Angels (1991), Philadelphia Phillies (1992-93; 1996-98), and Cleveland Indians (1994-95). Was a member of the NL-champion Phillies in 1993 and the AL-champion Indians in 1995. Was teammates with John Farrell in the Indians organization from 1994-95, playing together for Triple-A Charlotte (1994) and Triple-A Buffalo (1995), and appearing in 1 ML game together with CLE on 9/17/95 vs. BOS...Also played with Victor Rodriguez for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (PHI) from 1992-93...Was in the Angels system with Chili Davis from 1988-90 and with Gary DiSarcina from 1988-91...Was teammates with DiSarcina on Double-A Midland (1989), Triple-A Edmonton (1990-91), and California (1991)...Started in the infield along with DiSarcina on 10/4/91 and 10/5/91 vs. KC. Was an 11th-round selection of the Angels in the 1987 June Draft and made his ML debut with California in 1991.
Full name is Ruben Amaro Jr. Married to Jami...Has 2 daughters, Sophia and Andrea, and 3 step-children, Samantha, Colby, and Ayden. Was a 1987 graduate of Stanford University, earning a degree in human biology...Was also a member of Stanford's College World Series championship team in 1987, posting a .344/.456/.537 line and leading the team with 77 runs scored and 38 steals in 67 games. He and his father, Ruben Sr., a former Phillies infielder and 1st base coach, remain the only father-son combination to ever play for the Phillies.